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Love Your Dog: Drink a Beer by Ginger Johnson

Photo: Ginger Johnson
Love Your Pet Day Photo:  Ginger Johnson

Love Your Pet Day
Photo: Ginger Johnson

February 20th is Love Your Pet day – check it out here. This site always makes me smile with the seemingly random and very well listed holidays we’d perhaps otherwise never know about. Then the 22nd is Walking the Dog Day (A yo-yo trick)…and to wrap it all up, the 23rd is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

All wagging aside, dogs have long been faithful human companions. Much like beer. We’ve much to be grateful for, I’d say.

Beer has been made and appreciated the globe over, year round. Modern refrigeration, where available, has helped many of us enjoy the beers of the labors of brewers everywhere. Dogs have served us for millennia, never failing to accept us unconditionally and totally even if we haven’t returned the favor. Today’s the day.

I’d like to toast the great canines and brewers today. Help me celebrate.

1. Make a list of beer brands you really like. Search their site to see what beers they have available in your neck of the woods. If they’ve got a beer named after a dog, go ahead and buy it & try it. Why not – if you already know you like the brand, this seemingly flippant fun will be tastebud pleasing.

2. Make biscuits for the canine friends in your life. CAUTION: Hops are toxic to dogs – so I’d tell you to never using mash from beer if you don’t know for absolutely sure there is no hops in that mash. If you used finished beer, I’d recommend consulting with your able bodied veterinarian to make sure you’re safe and sound.

Photo:  Ginger Johnson

Photo: Ginger Johnson

3. Take a few dogs for walks. It’s good for us, good for them, and gets all filled with fresh air and brain activity. If you are shy of a dog yourself, call the local shelter and boarding kennels, Dogs For The Deaf and other service dog organizations to see how you can help exercise all the Fido’s and Fifi’s they have.

Whatever you do, don’t let your day ‘go to the dogs’ – enjoy a flavorful beer and appreciate our fine four legged friends.

Till the next glass –


Go Here: Get online and search out a few breweries whose beer you enjoy. Do they have any dog-inspired labels and beers? Go get ‘em and invite a few friends with dogs over to sip, sniff and talk.

Try This: Making dog biscuits yourself eliminates a lot of very harmful and unnatural additives. Beet pulp? Garbage filler. By-products? If you wouldn’t want to eat them, don’t expect your beloved dogs too suffer them as well. We need to take care of them, not take them for granted.

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at or

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